The goal of the Common Reading Experience is to provide an avenue for discussion among students, faculty, administration, and members of the Durango community. It is hoped that the ideas in the selected book will generate discussion and writing in a variety of disciplines and will allow students to see these ideas come alive on campus. It provides a relatively easy way to begin a more rigorous discussion of the book’s ideas, with faculty adding more and more academic and difficult texts to the curriculum. There are several ways that everyone can engage with ideas in the book. The author visits campus and meets students; relevant exhibits in the Center for Southwest Studies are often produced; the Theatre Department may produce a play around the related themes, as may the departments of Art and Music.
The 2012-13 Common Reading Experience Book:
Full Body Burden: Growing up in the nuclear shadow of Rocky Flats
by Kristen Iversen
"Full Body Burden is a haunting work of narrative nonfiction about a young woman, Kristen Iversen, growing up in a small Colorado town close to Rocky Flats, a secret nuclear weapons plant once designated “the most contaminated site in America.” It’s the story of a childhood and adolescence in the shadow of the Cold War, in a landscape at once startlingly beautiful and—unknown to those who lived there—tainted with invisible yet deadly particles of plutonium." (source: Kristen Iversen.com)
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